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Pre-Determination Hearing for U/2013/0147/O

It was confirmed by the Planning Committee at their monthly meeting on the 18th May 2015 that a pre-determination hearing should be held on planning application U/2013/0147/O. The application seeks outline planning permission for a mixed-use scheme including 600 dwellings; village centre (providing local retail, office and services facilities): relocated playing pitches; a research and development park and retention of existing facilities (sport centre, student accommodation and FireSERT research building) at the University of Ulster Jordanstown Campus, Shore Road, Newtownabbey.

The Planning Committee delegated the arrangement and procedures for the pre-determination hearing to Council Officers and these are now listed below;

Venue: Linen Suite, Mossley Mill, Newtownabbey
Date: 2nd July 2015
Time: 6:30pm

The pre-determination hearing will follow similar arrangements to the Planning Committee and will be presided over by the Chairman of the Planning Committee.

The pre-determination hearing is open to members of the public to attend, however, space is limited and any persons wishing to attend must register with the Council. You may register by contacting the Planning Administration Team on 0300 123 6677 or emailing [email protected] Requests to speak will be facilitated on a first come/first served basis. Spaces will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. In addition, members of the public, objectors, applicant’s and their representatives etc. may request to speak at the pre-determination hearing through the public speaking procedures, which are available on the Councils website at the link below:

Planning Committee Meetings


Members of the public, objectors, supporters of the application including applicant’s agents / representatives and non-Committee members of the Council are not entitled to ask any questions or cross examine any other person, however, Planning Committee members may ask any speaker for clarification on any issue of their presentation.

Up to six (6) non-Committee members of the Council may request to speak at the hearing and a time restriction of three (3) minutes will apply to each Councillor.

A period of up to eighteen (18) minutes will be allowed for objectors to speak and each speaker will be subject to a time limit of three (3) minutes. Where more than six (6)objectors register to speak the time available will be split evenly amongst theobjectors.

Supporters of the proposal, including the applicant and agent will be allowed the sum total of the time used by the objectors to speak during the hearing up to a maximum of eighteen (18) minutes.

In addition to the normal Planning Committee procedures, presentations will also take place by some of the consultees to the planning application, or persons from statutory and non-statutory bodies. Presentations have been invited from;

  • Transport NI
  • DARD Rivers Agency
  • Department of Education

Representatives from the Departments/Agencies listed will be subject to a time limit of five minutes (5) on their presentation. Planning Committee members may ask any of these speakers for clarification on any issue of their presentation.

All requests to attend the hearing and requests to speak at the hearing must be registered with the Council before noon on the 30th June 2015. You may register by contacting the Planning Administration Team on 0300 123 6677 or emailing [email protected]. Requests to speak will be facilitated on a first come/first served basis.

Anyone registering to speak should state whether they are a Councillor in the Borough who is not on the Planning Committee, a supporter including the applicant/agent, or an objector and set out the planning issues which you wish to raise. You must supply any written information which you wish to be circulated to the Committee at the same time as your request. PowerPoint presentations are acceptable, however, the PowerPoint presentation must be submitted to the Council at the same time as your request to speak. Late requests to speak will not be allowed nor will material produced on the night be circulated to members of the Planning Committee.

A list of persons scheduled to speak, and in which capacity, will be available at least 30 minutes before the meeting starts.

The running order of speakers is proposed as follows;

  1. Councillor(s) not on the Planning Committee.
  2. Objectors.
  3. Supporters including the Applicant or their Agent.
  4. Consultees to the application which have been invited to attend.

At the start of the meeting the planning case officer dealing with the application will outline the proposed development and the processing of the application to date.

No decision on the application will be made at the pre-determination hearing and the application will be presented before the Planning Committee at a later date and will be subject to the normal Planning Committee procedures.